You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own, and you know what you know.
And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
~ Dr. Seuss
Forcing things might not always be fun, but it’s often necessary, right? You know there’s at least one more brushing in that tube of toothpaste, so you just have to force it out.
Or you might to choose to force your kids to at least taste the chicken livers on their plate at grandma’s house. Have you ever forced yourself to get out of a perfectly comfortable bed from under perfectly cozy sheets on a way too early Monday? You might have to force that last pair of shoes you had to pack into your suitcase.
Yes, forcing is often necessary, and it often helps get the job done. So, we’re back with some rather useful Educator forcing scenarios you might like to play. It’s a simple matter of follow-the-leader, and you are the leaders!
There have been some suggestions about making the Forcing page even more useful. A new Quick Fill feature has been added. First we will take a brief tour of forcing. It all starts here:
Unless you set other conditions, all students will be directed to this resource upon login. Student login is controlled by your Forcing Override selection.
Do you want every student to know that you are on vacation this week? Do you want them all to see the same page/image no matter what grade level or weeks active? Select YES in this override. Speaking of grade level and weeks active, you can now create your own Forcing Rules!
This is where you go to create those rules. These will override the course wide forcing page you setup in #1 above. Please note that in order for these rules to apply, you must have selected the default NO in the Forcing Override box (#2 above). When you click Add Forcing Rule, you will be presented with the Add Rule window. Give your rule a name and select the criteria. These rules are of your own creation.
The conditions are grade level or weeks active. You might create rules for every week in your course, with all week one students getting Object ID 1234 and week twenty students seeing 5678. Maybe you want all seniors to see your graduation tips while ninth graders get study tips. Whatever login screen you might imagine can be delivered based on rules. Your rules will appear in the Forcing Rules table. The rule order can be changed with simple drag and drop. Rules can also be readily edited or deleted as needed. There are three important points to remember regarding the rules in this table:
1 – Only one rule will apply to a particular student.
2 – Rules are applied in the table order. Rule#1 takes precedence over Rule#2.
3 – Any Individual Forcing Condition will override a Forcing Rule.
Do you remember the Individual Forcing Conditions? Visit this blog entry for a quick refresh on the idea. A few of you have commented on how great it would be to more easily apply individual rules to certain groups of students in your classes. You will now be able to filter your class roster and COPY DOWN a rule to those listed students.
First, filter your list however you like. Then fill out the Quick Fill section with your selected resource and optional dates. Hit the Quick Fill button. The resource and dates will populate throughout your filtered list. That’s a Quick Fill and COPY DOWN!
PLEASE NOTE: Before you click SUBMIT review your selection. If there is any mistake hit the RESET button. There is no quick undo for a submitted individual rule. You will have to redo these selections in order to make any correction. In other words … measure twice and cut once.
We’ve also been asked about setting your point of entry into any particular course. For example, you always want to open your course in your workload. That’s exactly the use case for the Force Me section.
Use the down arrow on your keyboard to scroll through your options:
- Student Forcing
- E-mail Inbox
- Student List
You can set each of your individual courses to take you to any of these highlighted links upon login:
Go ahead. Squeeze that tube of toothpaste just a little more.
All her life she had wanted to squeeze the toothpaste …
really squeeze it, not just one little squirt …
The paste coiled and swirled and mounded in the washbasin.
Ramona decorated the mound with toothpaste roses, as if it was a toothpaste birthday cake.
~ Beverly Cleary, Ramona and Her Mother